MSPCA: 44 sugar gliders surrendered to animal shelter need homes for the holidays WJAR (furzy). Any game readers near Jamaica Plain or Methuen?
Korean lantern festival gets Unesco heritage honours BBC (furzy)
Seven presents that say ‘You’re dumped‘ Daily Mash
Man Is Jailed After Taking Jet Ski Across Irish Sea to See Girlfriend New York Times (resilc)
Unique prediction of ‘modified gravity’ challenges dark matter theory PhysOrg (Robert M)
The AI Girlfriend Seducing China’s Lonely Men Sixth Tone (resilc)
Exclusive: AI Just Controlled a Military Plane for the First Time Ever Popular Mechanics (resilc)
What Happens if an AI Gets Bored? Scientific American (Robert M)
What Explains the Decline of Serial Killers? Discover Magazine (resilc)
Frame of reference: Tokyo metro area pop: 37.4 million. Alabama pop: 4.9 million. Alabama new cases as of latest reporting date (the 15th): 3.638. And odds are high more testing done in Tokyo than Alabama.
LATEST: Tokyo will report at least 800 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, a record daily amount, NHK reports, citing a metropolitan government official https://t.co/E2G83HrgCz
— Bloomberg (@business) December 17, 2020
Pretty remarkable that this tidbit has gotten a free pass. Anyone following the Pfizer study knows these #s are an order of magnitude higher than the cases determined to be cases for the purpose of determining efficacy. So why weren’t these cases assessed?
Everyone should read this paper, esp. Tables 15, 17, and 19, and this weird bit on pg. 41:
"Among 3,410 total cases of suspected but unconfirmed COVID-19 in the overall study population, 1,594 occurred in the vaccine group vs. 1816 in the placebo group."https://t.co/lfzTZ88VCV
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) December 14, 2020
U.S. quarantines Pfizer vaccine shipments in California and Alabama after transit ‘anomaly’ left vials too cold CNBC (Stephen the tech critic)
Covid: WHO to investigate virus origins in China’s Wuhan BBC. Furzy: “How many times have we seen this headline?”
If there’s anything you need to know, why the whole vaccine stuff is about money, than anything else, this should persuade you. Next: Gun manufacturers persuade FDA that bullets can serve as a CV treatment.
A retrospective comparison of drugs against COVID-19 Science Direct
After 110K virus deaths, nursing homes face vaccine fears Associated Press. Note also
Congressional leaders add stimulus checks to $900 billion relief package as they near deal Washington Post (Kevin W)
China Brings Moon Rocks to Earth, and a New Era of Competition to Space New York Times (Kevin W)
BREAK: ?????????????????????????? The UK rejects Dover funding bid to double French passport booths via @FT – long queues ahead…as other ports also don’t get money they asked for to build #brexit border. Stay with me/1 thread
— Peter Foster (@pmdfoster) December 16, 2020
2. The UK has not been able to feed itself since the early C19th. Even for an industrial economy, it is unusually dependent on imported food. And by the 1970s, a mixture of bad harvests, population growth, inflation & the collapse of Commonwealth agreements was starting to bite.
— Robert Saunders (@redhistorian) December 11, 2020
Revealed: the millionaires hoarding UK fishing rights Unearthed (Colonel Smithers)
See photo #1. Caption: Women, including widows and relatives of farmers who were believed to have killed themselves over debt attend a protest against farm bills passed by India’s parliament, at Tikri border near Delhi, India. Reuters (resilc)
New Cold War
US Designates Bahrain-Based Shia Group as Terror Organization Antiwar. Resilc: “I worked with Bahraini Shia farmers in the Peace Corps. they have been shit on for decades by a Sunni minority.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
How Donald Trump Rescued the “Blob” American Conservative
Cuomo v. Cuomo: Did The New York Governor Make The Case Against Himself With Kavanaugh? Jonathan Turley (Chuck L)
Watching AOC cautiously calibrate her rhetorical opposition to Pelosi is another reminder just how un-radical the DSA/left wing of the Dem Party is compared to GOP’s Tea Party insurgents before them, who never flinched from threatening their leadership to get what they wanted
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) December 17, 2020
Our Famously Free Press
The Desperate Last Days of Local News New Republic
The story of Duffel Blog (and why we moved to an email newsletter) Duffel Blog (BC). In the third para. Looks like the author is so cowed he won’t call out FB directly with respect to Duffel Blog:
But this year has been awful. Everyone has had a rough time…Because sometimes (or often) Facebook throttled their content and only served it to a small audience even though those properties worked hard to grow those audiences of loyal readers.
Analysis-Federal Reserve ‘boneheads’ emerge from Trump era unscathed Reuters (resilc)
A Recovery Squandered Barry Ritholtz
Ten States Sue Google, Alleging Deal With Facebook to Rig Online Ad Market Wall Street Journal
Google accused of colluding with Facebook in online ad market Financial Times. Lead story in FT and WSJ.
OK, whew. I've now read all 130 pages of state AGs suit v Google.
In three words, Google is royally screwed.
Press headlines: Facebook and Google colluded!
Deeper dives: Google turned open web into a walled garden of tying, exclusionary tactics, and privacy fixing.
— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) December 16, 2020
Antidote du jour. From a story in Pattaya News that furzy sent a while back. First sentence: “Khao Kheow Open Zoo has been feeding animals with fruit flavored ice to reduce stress from the heat.”
And a bonus (guurst):
— World birds (@worldbirds32) November 4, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here